Annual poll: single biggest security threat of the year

What will be the single biggest security threat of 2018?

Our annual poll to find out what security professionals think the single biggest security threat of next year will be

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For the last couple of years, we’ve straw-polled security professionals to discover what they think the single biggest security threat of the following year will be. This year we heard from 72 security professionals and have summarised the responses below.

What is the format?

Each year we ask security professionals to tell us what they think the single biggest security threat of the following year will be along with a one sentence explanation. This is a totally subjective answer (and many individuals naturally highlight problems that relate to their own solution).

What are the findings?

Out of 72 usable responses we found a strong leaning towards ransomware (11 responses) and employees (12) while IoT (6) and threats to critical infrastructure (5) were also raised by multiple individuals. The responses have been grouped below in the following sections:

  1. Employees (12)
  2. Ransomware (11)
  3. Repeated responses (14)
  4. Other suggestions (35)

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